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Phil Scherer
LAHS junior Alex Calderon led the Hilltoppers with 15 points in the team’s home opener Tuesday evening against St. Michael’s High School. The Hilltoppers won the game 53-42.
Calderon leads LAHS to victory

Through two games, it appears the best word to describe the Los Alamos High School girls’ basketball team is resilient.

Tuesday evening, in the team’s home opener, nothing came easy for the Hilltoppers. Yet for the second game in a row, the team found a way to get it done, defeating St. Michael’s High School 53-42.

“It was an ugly win, but it was a win,” LAHS head coach Josh Archuleta said. “But we will take an ugly win over a loss any day.”

Early on, it appeared that the Hilltoppers would have no issue defeating the Lady Horsemen as LAHS jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead on baskets by Becca Green and Susana Gallegos.

But after that quick burst, the Horsemen climbed right back into the game, outscoring the Hilltoppers 10-2 the rest of the quarter and heading into the break with a 10-9 lead.

“We came out hot initially, but after that we just let St. Michael’s hang around,” Archuleta said.

The Hilltoppers responded well in the second quarter, as the rebounding and shooting improved. All game long, the inside presence of the Hilltoppers, led by Green and Natalie Gallegos, made the game difficult for St. Michael’s as every rebound was contested on both ends of the floor.

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